Thursday, July 16, 2015

A Day of Rest.....

Today was a day to NOT think about packing or contractors. 

I gathered with some of my most favorite people instead. 

There were castles to be built...

Sand Crabs to be found....

Then carefully studied and released back to the sea. 

Little Miss is quite the beach girl. 

Sandy hands are not a problem....

Laughter and giggles were the best part of the day. 

The day went by much to days always go by so fast. 

I am now back to sorting and packing. 
Next week the carpet is installed, and the painters and wood workers
 will be back to finish things up.

I look forward to our transformed home...
I really look forward to going back to the beach!!!! 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Not Exactly Like HGTV.....

When watching Home Improvement shows on tv it goes quickly, 
 and everything seems to fall into place. 

Not so much in REAL LIFE!!!!
All of our rooms still look pretty much like this. 

Some things are going well.  
The gray on the walls is both restful and serene.  

We have selected our baseboards and carpeting will be laid in another week. 

Some rooms are pulling together. 
This is our downstairs powder room.  

The inspiration is Jim's wonderful photo of Carlsbad Beach at Sunset. 

Surrounding the photo will be four smaller frames,
 each displaying a seashell that the Grandchildren will find for me. 

The color of the paint is called Tidewater.  It is perfect. 

We still manage to balance house projects and enjoying life.

We took the girls shopping yesterday
....with a very fun stop at the Disney Store for some much needed
 "Happily Ever After" magic!!!

There were carousel rides....

which made all of us smile. 

I am spending some time creating projects for the time
 we DO have a home to decorate.

This will be placed on top of the hutch....

... our former chandelier is now being spray painted.

I will put it all back together with candles,  and hang it from our garden trellis. 

I bought LOTS of frames
 and have been going thru all of my photos of loved ones.

I want to be surrounded by those who hold my heart. 

I keep focussed on those small areas in our home that do look settled.

Still feeling SEW BLESSED in this remodel....just a bit impatient to have it finished!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

So Where Have I Been.....

My life has pretty much consisted of this....making choices. 

Sleepless nights of hoping I have selected the right colors 
and packing, packing and more packing. 

It began smoothly, finding an electrician to put up new lighting.

After pricing wood flooring, we decided to have our tile floors redone.
It was a GREAT choice. 
 Affordable and our tile floors look like new. 

We love our new lights....reminds me of the Churches we visited in Holland. 

Then the chaos began. 

 Painters stormed our house,
 everything that could be removed had to find a place somewhere else!

Our bedroom looks like this....

....and every other room not being worked on looks like this!!!!

I find solace in sitting outdoors where life seems much more calm. 

Life hasn't all been about redoing our home. 

Our sweet Laurel became THREE!!!

Emme followed by becoming TWO!!!

One of her gifts was her Mommy's Bitty Baby which I cleaned and wrapped up
 along with all of Bitty Babies vast array of clothes and accessories. 

It did not take long for her Mommy instincts to kick in!!!

There was a wonderful ballet recital....

How adorable is my bitty Ballerina???

We had a fun day at the water park....

....followed by a lovely picnic with Grampie. 

Yes, I even find some time to SEW!!!  

While the painters have taken over the house, 
I hid in my sewing room and completed SIX skirts!!!

It has all been very overwhelming, but I am grateful.
Not only for the gift of renewing our home ( carpet is next), 
but hopefully that YOU have forgiven me for my absence.  


Saturday, May 16, 2015

How is it possible.....

The years have gone so quickly.....

We were young and hopeful and filled with excitement. 

40 years later we again share a cake....

Balloons add to the festive spirit....

We are grateful for our children....

The sweetness of a family that we joyfully raised.

We are blessed to share this day again with sweet Oma.

Those we love so deeply are gathered in the garden
 to lauch balloons with our wishes for the future tied to the strings. 

Toward the Heavens they go....we watch with joy and gratitude. 

So grateful for this wonderful and dear friend to share my life with.
My prayer is that we are blessed for many more years.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Off Once Again....

It is quilt camp time...
and I am SEW ready!!!!

I'll be hanging out with the boss....

....and some very favorite quilting peeps!!!

Time for fellowship, creativity without interruptions,
 and even an afternoon tea!!!

I cannot wait to tell you all about it.  

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Where have I been????

My husband LOVES Upgrades.....they cause me to SHUDDER!!!

Where have I been???
  Trying to figure out how to use this new upgrade and 
import photos for my blog ( GRRRRR)!!!!! 

There are so many things to share.....quilt projects.

Putting together kits for my quilt retreat to Julian next week. 

Always busy playing in my garden....

....which makes me yearn for being back in England once again. 

We have been on some lovely trips....

....where I became even more garden inspired!!!

Lovely views of a lovely world....all gave me peace and joy. 

...and always, always busy with family!!!  

All of which I promise to share. 
 Just keeping fingers crossed that I have this all figured out.

I have missed all of you!!!!